From the fronts of cars to weirdly human knots on trees, people see faces in the strangest places. But have you ever wondered why we see faces everywhere? It turns out there's a name for that phenomenon: pareidolia, which describes humanity's ability to identify discernible images in places where there aren't any.
In attempting to understand pareidolia, researchers have proposed several scientific and behavioral explanations. Many things impact people's ability to see faces in random objects. Though processes in our brains make it possible for people to anthropomorphize objects, human socialization and even individual belief systems also have an impact.
Pariedolia proves yet again that the human mind is full of surprises.
Your Brain Is Trying To Make Sense Of The Signals Sent From Your Eyes
Your Brain Needs Only The Sparest Of Details
We Track Their Gaze Even Though They Don't Actually Have Eyes
Faces Are So Familiar To Us That The Brain Wants To Make Everything A Face
Seeing Faces That Weren't Actually There Could Have Helped Human Survival
Some People Are More Prone To Pareidolia Than Others